- Donald Levesque, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) established the Veterinary Neurological Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
- First private practice in the United States to be dedicated solely to neurology and one of the first specialty practices in Arizona.
- Located in a business complex, the clinic was comprised of one 1000 square foot suite with 5 small rooms (1 reception area; 1 doctor office/exam room; 1 lab/radiology room; 1 surgery room; 1 run area).
- 3 staff members (Dr. Levesque, Linda Levesque and Nancy Johnston).
- Dr. Levesque traveled regularly to Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada to see patients (until 1989).
- First off-site CT performed on “Bubba” (4/13/86)--patients transported after hours to a local human hospital.
- During his neurology residency at the University of Georgia (1980-1984) Dr. Levesque was introduced by his mentor, Dr. John Oliver, to ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt surgery. At the VNC he became encouraged by the ability to view the effects of successful VP shunt function with CT imaging. Dr. Levesque modified the techniques and performed numerous VP shunt surgeries with great success. His improved techniques have become widely accepted in veterinary neurology.
- The first VNC newsletter (5/1/86) was sent to referring veterinarians.